Ok, so WTF is up with Pollo Campero?
Friday, there was an article in the Washington Post about this new chain from Central America that had opened up a store in Falls Church. People were lining up every day at 8 am to get this chicken. The wait was 2 hours at least to get in and get some of this magical chicken.
NUH-UH, says I.
My roommate/best friend is from Mexico so I asked her if she had heard of it.
“Mexico isn’t in Central America,” she snarled.
OK, fine, so after the quick geography lesson, she told me she had never heard of it but if it was anything like some place in Mexico called Pollo Loco (Crazy Chicken?) it could be worth the wait.
NUH-UH, says I again. You see, I can’t fathom a piece of chicken that is worth a 2 hour wait. However, if such a chicken exists, then I MUST eat it.
So Sunday, we decide to find this place. The only thing I can remember is that this place is on Columbia Pike in Falls Church. So we head down Columbia Pike and we get into Falls Church and we haven’t seen it yet.
“Maybe I should call and see…” My roommate stops me.
“No way dude, we’ve found it.”
There, in yonder distance, is a crowd of people. A massive crowd of people. There were literally 200 people lined up outside of this fast food place. There were cops directing the line and directing traffic. Orange cones everywhere.
I mean this is a Space Mountain at Disney World over Spring Break quality line. It snakes back in forth, full of people waiting for this damn chicken.
So we didn’t eat lunch there. We went somewhere else.
Fast forward to around 4:00. I need to go to Pep Boys and the only one I know of is in Annandale which means I will have to go past Pollo Campero. I decide that if there are 50 people in line, I will wait to get this chicken. So I drive up and now the line has swelled-and I swear I am not making this up- at least 300 people.
The parking lot is full of these people. The line is snaking back even further. There are more cops.
Ok, seriously, WTF? IT IS JUST CHICKEN!!!
Anyone out there ever had this stuff? Is it worth the wait? It can’t possibly be, right?